Good news for the inner city

21st October 2005 at 01:00
As the last head of Our Lady's high school, Liverpool ("Ministers 'misled' public on academies", TES, October 7), I can say it was indeed a good school with a good management. It closed in September 2005 with record results and, like other schools mentioned, a small debt.

However, the buildings and site were outdated and the school struggled to provide an education for the 21st century. The academy of St Francis of Assisi that replaces Our Lady's will enhance opportunities for the community and be a key part of urban regeneration.

This government policy has allowed the Christian communities of Liverpool to provide a first-class education for inner-city children. This must surely be a good outcome for society.

Peter Mather

28 Langholm Close

Winstanley, Wigan

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